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It’s been a long time since I’ve been a child, so I don’t remember, but I’m guessing that young schoolboys giggle when they hear the word abut in the same way they giggle when they hear the name of the planet Uranus. Damn, they’re childish, aren’t they? I wish they’d grow up.

Seeing as though those damned kids won’t hear me for all of their laughter, I don’t know why I bother saying what I’m about to say, but to abut something means to be adjacent to it or to end at the point of contact with it.

I normally object to adults doing students’ homework for them. Helping? Sure, but not doing. However, I’ll make an exception in this one case, only because I’m a nice, childless guy who doesn’t have the foggiest of ideas as to what is the best way to raise children when it comes to issues surrounding the doing of homework—or, come to think of it, when it comes to any other child-rearing issue.

For the benefit of those giggling schoolboys who, as a result of not being able to stop guffawing, are unable to complete their assignment of using abut or one of its other tenses in a sentence, here’s the answer to your assignment: “After he sat down, his butt or, more accurately, the seat of his pants abutted the horizontal portion of the chair.”

You’re welcome.

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